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AGU Office, Doha (Qatar): One of the legendary gymnasts, Nellie Vladimirovna Kim turned 60 on July 29.

Born in Shurab, Tajikhstan, in 1957, she inherited her eyes from her father, a Korean descendant.

Due to her father’s work at a slate factory, she moved to Shymkent, Kazakhstan, soon after her birth, where she discovered gymnastics at the age of 9.
She became the second woman in Olympic history to earn a perfect 10 score after Nadia Comaneci and rivalled the Romanian and Ludmilla Tourischeva in
the 70s.
At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, which will be hosting this year’s FIG World Championships, Kim won three gold in team, vault and floor and silver medal in all-around
“I enjoyed at Montreal. That was my greatest time. Those two individual medals are my favorites because I got perfect 10s,” she said in an interview recently.
Four years later in Moscow Games, she claimed two gold medals in team and floor exercises.
But Kim’s major contribution to the sport was when he helped design the alteration in the Code of Points as the President of the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee.
Her efforts ended the use of the Perfect 10 in 2006 when she introduced uncapped scoring for gymnasts after judging controversies tarnished the sport at the 2004 Athens Games.
She, along with former FIG President Bruno Grandi, is believed to have ended the scandal after bringing a radical change of the old Code while clean execution and artistry are now considered as the main priorities.
 
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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): China’s Zhang Luo won the men’s tumbling title with a score of 75.100 at The World Games in Wroclaw, Poland, but their overall performances left a lot to be desired.
While Luo beat the US and Russian competitors in his event, his compatriots had a torrid time in acrobatic where they finished behind Great Britain while Israel came third.
Despite an extraordinary display of ‘difficulty’ shown by Chinese world champions Li Zheng, Rui Liuming, Zhang Teng and Zhou Jiahuai, it was not good enough to pip the British gymnasts as the medal was decided on the strength of superior ‘Execution and Artistry’ scored by the latter.
Meanwhile, in one of their most disappointing shows, Li Dan and Zhong Xingping, reigning world champions since 2013, failed to defend their crown in the women’s synchronised trampoline after an unexpected fall by Li crashed their hopes in the qualifiers. Azerbaijan’s Sviatlana Makshtarova and Veronika Zemlianaia won the silver behind Ukraine.
In aerobics, China won a gold and two silver medals while Japan and South Korea won a gold and silver each.
Rhythmic, trampoline, tumbling, acrobatics and aerobics are part of the competition, but artistic gymnastics is not contested because all of its disciplines are Olympic sports.
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Dr Zahra Inche Dargahi became Iran Gymnastics Federation’s (IGF) first woman President after she was elected at a recent election held in Tehran, Iran.
Dargahi will have four-year term till 2021, as reported in Tehran Times
“I thank everyone for reposing their faith in me. I’m really honoured to be elected IGF head. I’ll do my best to develop the sport in our country. The Iranian women can participate wearing a hijab,” said Dargahi.
Shervin Asbaghian and Habib Nozohouri came second and third with 12 and four votes respectively, according to Tehran Times. Reza Mohammad Kazemi also received four votes.
 
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): China’s four-time world champions Dong Dong and Tu Xiao added another golden chapter to in men’s acrobatic gymnastics and synchronised trampoline by winning their second consecutive titles at The World Games in Wroclaw, Poland on Sunday.
The Games, officially called the X World Games, is a major international multi-discipline event, meant for sports, or disciplines or events within a sport, that are not contested at the Olympic Games
Dong and Xiao are aware of glory at the Games after having triumphed in Cali, Colombia, four years ago.
But the Chinese pair had to endure a bit of struggle in the qualification round when Dong made a rare mistake by landing on the boards of the trampoline mid-routine and putting China in the unusual position of needing help from other pairs to assure themselves a place in the final.
They got it, and used their second chance to blitz the field, delivering their usual brilliance for first place.
Wrocław was the sixth city in Europe after London (1985), Karlsruhe (1989), The Hague (1993), Lahti (1997) and Duisburg (2005) to host the competition.
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): The Kazakhstan Gymnastics Federation recently hosted a five-day Common Training Camp for acrobatic gymnastics coaches in Almaty from July 11-15 under a FIG ACRO Technical Committee expert Mr. Yurii GOLIAK from UKR to develop the sport in the country.
In acrobatic gymnastics, a pair consists of a base and a top.
The sport combines the beauty of dance with the strength and agility of acrobatics. Routines are choreographed to music and consist of dance, tumbling, and partner skills.
At the elite level, each pair or group performs a balance, dynamic and combined routine. Pyramids and partner holds the balance routine while synchronised tumbling and intricate flight elements define the dynamic exercise.
A women’s group is comprised of a base, middle and top partner and the men’s has a base, two middle partners and one top partner.
AGU wants to thank Mrs. Aigul Dukenbayeva the President of AGU ACRO Technical Committee and the Secretary General of Kazakhstan Gymnastics Federation for the big support gives to the development of ACRO Gymnastics in Asia.
 
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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): A five-day common training camp for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) was held at the Princess Rahma Gymnastics Center in Amman, Jordan, from July 16-20.
 
The programme was held under the aegis of the Asian Gymnastics Union.
 
The Jordan Gymnastics Federation Secretary Ms Nuha Hatter opened the camp with a welcome message from HH the JGF President and other board members to all the participants.
 
A total of 20 participants including coaches and gymnasts from Qatar, Syria, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Palestine and Afghanistan took part in the camp, which was conducted by South Korea’s 1996 Olympian and FIG Technical Committee member Yoon Soo-Han. 
 
The program included theoretical and practical sections in the morning and evening sessions under Mohamed Al Ahkdar, JGF Technical Manager.
Qatar had sent a maximum of participants (four) with one coach and three gymnasts Raslen Saoud, Tameem Kerab and Abdulla Al Harith while Nepal, Syria and Afghanistan had one gymnast each during the event.
 
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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Malaysia’s artistic gymnast Jern Rong hopes to pick up some medals at next month’s South East Asian Games in his hometown Kuala Lumpur from August 19-30.
“I’m ready for the Games. We’ve been training hard and hope to do well at the competition,” said the 19-year-old, who made his senior debut in 2014.
Vietnam are the favourites, but Rong exuded confidence that the hosts are capable of pulling off a few surprises.
“We’ll give them a good fight. We’ve a good opportunity in pommel horse and high bar. We can also expect a medal in the team event,” added Rong, who won the high bar gold medal at the Hong Kong Open this year.
Rong did not qualify in any of the finals at the Bangkok Asian Championships in May, but was pleased with his performances.
“I gained experience from the competition,” he added.
He scored 12.200 points in parallel bars, 13.000 (high bar), 12.800 (pommel horse) and 12.625 (rings).
Jeremiah Loo, who won a silver in pommel horse at the Singapore Games two years ago, Tan Fu Jie, Mohammad Abdul Azim Othman, Azroy Amierol Jaafar and Zul Bahrin Mat Asri are the other members in the squad.
Azim and Zul Bahrin are taking part in a month-long training-cum-competition in Moscow, Russia, and they are accompanied by Malaysian Gymnastics Federation President A Razak Mat Amin and team manager Azmi Hassan.
The men’s team will take part in the Taiwan Open next week as their final preparation for KL 2017.
 

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